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Get the look: Swagged out

In Fashion on January 31, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Right. So, love. Isn’t it a wonderful thing? It’s just as exhilarating as the feeling you get on the dip of a roller-coaster. The thought of eating makes you want to vomit (I’m sorry if I sound crass, but that’s because I’m a hardcore Mark Kermode fan), This is how I feel about certain brands. Marc Jacobs being one. His line, particularly Marc By Marc Jacobs, is the one brand that actually gives me what I need. Because when it comes to things like bags, I really cannot be bothered. I’m not crazy when it comes to them. But when I find one, those cheesy butterflies pepper my brain. Shoes on the other hand, now that’s a different stories.

As I stress, time and time again, it’s about sneakers for me. They are up there with my love for fashion magazines. And you know, I feel the same way about coats. Yes, that puffed up outerwear that shields my outfits that conceal my body. And I love men’s coats. But I can like women coats, too. At times. But I’ll show you exactly what is what that I fell in love with.

I am in love with Central/Eastern European fashion designers. So when I came across this full-length knit jacket by Croatian-born, German-educated, Paris-based designer Damir Doma, I just knew. And as they say, it is always best to follow your gut instinct.

Then, of course, we have the man of all men when it comes to practical, durable fashion Marc Jacobs. I own a Marc Jacobs. It’s a medium size, black leather bag with a long strap in case I want to wear it messenger style. I love that bag. And when I first came upon it as a Sales Associate at Burberry, there was no question. I let it go, but when my existing bag was on its last thread, I went online. But considering the urgency, I called my closet Holt Renfrew location. they had one left. I got it, and that was it. So now, seeing that this Marc Jacobs bag, sold at Colette, is sold out.

What the heck. I heart it all, don’t I.

Alas, we get to the street side of me. And a brand I’d never really cared about, admittedly until they (10Deep) bestowed these camouflage kicks in collaboration with PRO-Keds. in my presence.

I’ve had an ongoing debate with a lot of stupid people. Particularly men. There’s this belief, that streetwear is restricted with age. I, for one, do not believe that. One bit. Just like high-fashion, too much of one thing looks tacky. That said, if you’ve got a thing for kicks, well, you’ve got a thing for kicks! And if you’ve got style, your love for sneakers, and how you wear it, will prosper. I dunno, maybe the guys that feel the way they are trying to update the type of women they date. But they’re a bit, should I say, out of touch.

Musing: Vogue Australia

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look on January 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Well, well. Now don’t I feel like Andy Warhol right now.

All my money goes into doing my hair, buying kicks, and fashion magazines. I’ve tried to stay away from those magazine stores. But shoot. I go in, think ‘no big deal. I’ll just buy one. Okay, maybe two.’ Those friendly guys behind the counter leave me alone, and I end up leaving with stacks. And at least three in my are more than $10. The Australian magazines tend to be the most expensive (actually, I lied, the crown goes to the Italian editions). But I’m learning to narrow it down to the bare essentials.

Vogue is an essential. So, with the exception of the Italian, Nippon and Spain editions – it’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that one would leave no room for cost-effective ones – I make a conscious effort to buy them every month. And hey, I don’t always read them, but I believe that by just keeping in your person, the creative energy will wear off. Sometimes, it actually works. Anyway, out of all my collector editions, Vogue Australia is in my list. However, I haven’t found the magazine around in quite a while. Why isn’t it in Toronto? Well, I’ve been hearing some drama about strikes going on with our distribution people. And, well, quite frankly, that’s not my problem. Right now, I feel a bit out of the loop. I do feel it’s a bit under-appreciated compared to its counterparts, but I value the magazine, for reasons that are personal. And no, I’m not from Australia.

And so we have the March issue of Vogue Australia. Looking all sexy, I can image the colour bursting through its pages. Man, I do hope things get cleared up soon. I’m feeling a bit empty.

Musing: Volta footwear

In designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat on January 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm

There was a time when I would walk Toronto’s city streets in nothing but heels. It was, if I must admit, completely ridiculous. Then, I moved to London, and found my comfort, and my true self in my elaborate sneaker collection. Needless to say, I was never the same. Mind you, I still indulge in the occasional heel, but with the city as my muse, I thrive on practicality. Our winters are not as harsh as they once were, but the winds can be harsh. And because I spend so much time walking, my shoes don’t tend to last. But even so, as long as I can look crisp in the midst of my street look, I feel alright.

Thanks to my boys at Highsnobiety, I was introduced to the Italian footwear brand, Vola. Taking inspirations from “classic” footwear, they seem to be known as the dudes who provide classic, durable footwear. These are men’s shoes, but I am impressed.

Things are pretty fresh for this burgeoning footwear line, but I look forward to hearing the name a lot more, and pretty soon.

Fashion blog backlash

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, In the Know on January 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I’ve been reading quite a bit of interesting blog posts today. Yes. I’ve finally actually started reading blogs. When I initially started following blogs, I did it based on people’s opinions without really understanding the logic behind them. Needless to say, I was rather bored of blogs that consisted of pretty people taking pictures of themselves and all these unwarranted accolades. And then, it became an explosion. Post a picture of yourself wearing second-tier high-street clothing, and BOOM, you’ve got yourself about, what, 50+ comments?

When I started my blog, I had no intention of infusing myself. I’ve slaved at some of the world’s most coveted fashion outlets, and I’ve stalked the editors of my favourite fashion magazines for that freelance gig. I’ve come close, I’ve hit, and I’ve missed. A lot. So this blog, was me living a dream. And this dream, slowly, turned into an outlet that led my reality. Now, I’ve got a might long way to go. Sure, I could use some work. And yes, I’m still finding myself. But has become an outlet that is now dear to me. I no longer use it as a means “to get that job,” but to actually build my brand. And the finished product makes me proud.

Part two. Upon taking this blog more seriously, I’ve learned the importance of creative a community. Not as some self-aggrandizing marketing machine. But actually connecting with people. Learning. Fashion blogging, the real fashion blogging, is hard work. There’s research to be done to create an interesting post. And you have to conjure up ways to be unique, which is hard enough to do as it is. But creating a community proves support. Constructive feedback, if you will. And along the way, you actually learn something about yourself.

I mean, hey, community is important to the church. And it’s no different for bloggers, right. Now, on another note, I came across a very interest post by the UK blog The Clothes Whisperer about Vogue Italia’s Editor Franca Sozziani’s rant about fashion bloggers getting frontrow. I’ve gone on‘s site and seen Sozziani’s admiration for blogs. I’ve seen her profile Claire Sulmers of The Fashion Bomb blog as “The Black Blog,” because of urban-based content (a categorization I’m not particularly fond of), and upon further digging, I noticed she’s even given Sulmers a job as a freelance reporter. Obviously, we can’t really blow Ms. Sozziani’s comments out of context, but she is talking about blogs writ-large. Essentially.

But I digress. This so-called backlash should be seen as a wake-up call. I am certainly thankful for it, because by making an effort to become apart of the community, I have learned to establish an actual interest in blogs. Now, I read blogs, and I know what I like. I know what I can connect with. And yes, it’s okay to admit it. I know what inspires me. And it gives me hope. While we’re not out to change the world, we can use our blogs to bring us one step – or 10 – closer to our dream. Something so damn simple.

São Paulo fashion week part 1

In designer, Fashion on January 30, 2011 at 4:15 am

The girls are gorgeous. The men are delicious. And the clothes, well, the clothes are hotter than the city’s smoldering weather. If you’re curious to find out about this year’s hottest trends, the real fashion capital to scoop is Brazil. I mean that whole country, not just the city.

Alexandre Herchcovitch’s collection was cute. Admittedly, I prefer the line of accessories: those wooden heels, and fringe trimmings. But the velvet overlay with neon underlinings will have a lot of trend spotters salvating.

Animale reminds me of a certain British line , or maybe it’s just this particular season. Whether a person under 35 would wear the line in questionable. But I notice they’re trying with their breezy summer dresses, and leather minis. Be it shorts, or skirts, for that matter.

I look forward to seeing the rest of the shows.

Musing: Isbael Marant

In designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look on January 30, 2011 at 3:13 am

I’ve never been a fan of ads, but there’s something Isabel Marant‘s latest campaign, I dunno, maybe it’s the boyishly sexy Gisele Bündchen and her breezy hair. I’m really feeling piece of fashion commerce. Note to the lovers: you’ll only catch this one if you’re a fan of Vogue Spain.

I’ve never owned an Isabel Marant, but she’s so me: androgynous yet feminine. Playful yet plain with a tiny hint of glamour.

Kicks. Now this is what I’m talking about.

Musing: Vanessa Bruno x Lou Doillon

In Fashion, Fashion Heat on January 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Lou Doillon is the epitome of that careless Parisian sexy. Oh, I can’t seem to pry my eyes away from Vanessa Bruno‘s sexy confection, either. It’s because of you two that interested in floral prints have peaked yet again.

I look forward to seeing more of Ms. Bruno’s romantic, airy designs.

Musing: Prada Spring/Summer 2011

In designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look on January 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm

The collection
Hats off to Ms. Muccia Prada for the whimsy presented in her spring/summer 2010 collection.

Few things worth noting: aside from the pungent colour scheme, it’s her fantastic use of fur trimmings – and those exquisite nautical stripes… particularly on the shoes, and those over sized conical hats.

This season, though, rather than being a head of the pack, she’s on par with the legion of young designers also infiltrating some the season’s best trends.

The campaign
Ah, but I was wrong. As heard in the brand’s ad campaign starring it model Arizona Muse, Kinga Rajzak, Zuzanna Bijoch, Tati Cotliar and the unrecognizable Mariacarla Boscono, the Brooklyn-based trip-hop group Ratatat provide the sound. Said song is from the band’s 2008 studio album LP3, and is called Mirando.

Musing: Givenchy Haute Couture Spring Summer 2011

In couture, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat on January 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Goth was in the air for Givenchy‘s recent haute couture collection. But isn’t it always? The crisp white constructions were embellished with punches of neon: a trend worth noting for the upcoming seasons. Chiffon and feathery fringe abound, the collection was a confection of futurism meets romanticism, with strong angelic references – similar to that of the late Sir McQueen.

I appreciate Mr. Tisci’s strong Catholic routes. For he is, one of the few designers who use his talent to demonstrate this passion. Are the clothes wearable? Well, do they really need to be? It’s the realm of couture, where fashion but a dream. A fantasy come to life.

Even if my wedding only entails, my husband, GOD and the priest, I hope I get married in Givenchy.

Re-cap: Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2011

In couture, designer, dress, Fashion on January 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm

While I love the intricate constructions of Haute Couture, this part of the collections is not my favourite. It sounds strange. But I find haute couture very traditional, older, and geared towards those getting married. Mind you, I love looking at some of the designs, but if I am seeking creative juices I much rather the colour and enthusiasm of ready-to-wear.

Alexander Vauthier gave us a refreshing take on haute couture. If I were to indulge in this culture, Vauthier would be the direction I would go.

Though, admittedly, he hasn’t strayed too far from his last collection, he resonates with a younger generation. I do respect designers who play with drapes, and this is territory Vauthier is learning to master. Other than that, we shall certainly wait and see.

I heart Karl Lagerfeld. And though he, at times, is so much more fun than Chanel, those clothes are a strong point of reference. His version of couture varies: at times, it’s detailed with lavish floor-length dresses and shimmering beads, then there’s the tweed jackets and matching skirts. Either way, it is, for the most part, traditional.

While it’s not something you’re going to expect a fun time with, Mr. Lagerfeld is loyal – something to be respected.

I love Jean-Paul Gaulthier. He’s a fun, engaging man. However, his collections, as of late, have not, in my opinion, represented anything innovative. I’ve seen this collection before. so, because I love this man, and because I still honour him as a leader in high-fashion, I expected more.

It’s possible that he’s overworked. He was creative director for two demanding fashion houses (Hermès and his namesake), and it’s possible that he’s taking the time to get back in his element. he did his best to bring theatricality with the bride singing and dancing. But, I don’t want to semantics – I want to see his talent.

If there is fun in Haute Couture, it is John Galliano for Christian Dior. Mind you, with the exception of a traditional runway, the collection itself was quite similar to last seasons. I do appreciate the colour and tulle embellished throughout the collection.

Mr. Galliano draws magical reference to time periods in his collections, and the `50s style theme worked well.

Mr. Giorgio Armani is by far, one of the best dress makers in fashion. It is breath-taking; dreamy fabrics, detailing, use of colour: priceless. The art-deco theme suited, the make-up, immaculate. The clothes one of the few I would wear.

Breathtaking, from beginning to the final look.